Matt Ryan is only five games into his first season with the Indianapolis Colts but experts are already making predictions about his future.
The Indianapolis Colts entered this season with Matt Ryan as their quarterback and that makes the fifth-straight season that Indy has started the year with a new QB1. However, the hope was that Ryan could be the first to make it to at least a second season as the starter. Sure, Ryan is 37 years old and playing in his 15th NFL season but the veteran is under contract for this season and the next and says he feels like he has many years left.
The season may have started with the expectation that Ryan will be around for multiple years but that outlook has changed after Ryan’s and the team’s slow start. The Colts are currently 2-2-1 and Matt Ryan’s performance is part of the reason Indy has won and lost games. He has made costly turnovers but also put together some clutch late-game drives.
Ultimately, not many people have been impressed by Ryan in his first five games with the Colts and some people are beginning to wonder if Ryan will even return next year. Brent Sobleski from Bleacher Report even went as far as making the case that Indianapolis should move on from Ryan this offseason and find their sixth starting quarterback in as many years.
Bleacher Report says Colts should move on from Matt Ryan after the season
In a recent article looking at quarterbacks that should be replaced next season, Sobleski listed Ryan as an option after his slow start. Despite how much Indianapolis will probably want to keep things rolling with the veteran, Sobleski asked, “why delay the inevitable?” It’s obvious that a 37-year-old Ryan isn’t the franchise quarterback of the future, and he currently isn’t helping the team all that much, so why not just move on, is the argument Sobleski made.
So where will the Colts turn for quarterback help? Sobleski’s final point was that it’s time for Indianapolis to draft and build around a first-round quarterback in next year’s draft. Getting a young, first-round talent gives Indy a real chance at finding its franchise quarterback of the future.
That certainly needs to happen, whether Matt Ryan returns or not. However, it’s a bit too early to say if Indy should just move on from Ryan at the end of the season. While Ryan’s play hasn’t been pretty, the team is still 2-2-1 and very much in the race for the AFC South. If the Colts can clean things up, start putting wins together, and win the division, Indy will likely keep Ryan around while also finding a young quarterback that will eventually take over.